#1
Ok guys here's the story.


I've been playing guitar for close to 3 years now. I currently own an Ibanez Studio guitar which was given to me, and got me into playing guitar. I played it for about 1 year, and decided that I wanted to get a new one (the Studio was in very rough shape).

I went out and bought an Ibanez "Iceman" IC400. I have been playing this guitar for about 2 years now and I absolutely love the heavy sound it gives me. However, pinch harmonic responses are not as great and the action is nothing special. I've set it up now so that I get no fret buzz at all, and it's really a great guitar but I want to upgrade now.

Here's where you come into the picture.

I've been looking at Les Pauls. The Les Paul Standard is currently #1 on my list, but it obviously comes with a hefty price tag. I don't mind paying a lot for a quality guitar, as long as I know it will be worth it. However, reading some reviews online has made me 2nd guess this guitar, as a lot of people seem to have problems with the nuts, or loose pieces inside the body, etc. Many people say that these guitars are not worth the price.

Like I said money is not the problem. But I wouldn't want to spend more than $2000. I personally do not mind if it comes with a whammy, as I would rather not have to deal with the headache of changing the strings with a trem.. I don't have a need for a whammy bar. Basically, I am looking for something that's easy to play. Easy to bend, easy to make squeal.. you know the works.


So I congratulate you on getting all the way to the end if you did. Now you can offer some advice

thanks
#2
I would check out the PRS SE series. You can find them at any Guitar Center, and they run from $500-$800. They play beautifully, look nice, and are very versatile. Definitally worth a look. Why spend $2000 if you don't have to?
#3
Quote by the.spine.surfs
I would check out the PRS SE series. You can find them at any Guitar Center, and they run from $500-$800. They play beautifully, look nice, and are very versatile. Definitally worth a look. Why spend $2000 if you don't have to?


I love everything about you, the.spine.surfs. I was about to say that. I have the SE Custom, and it is amazing. If you don't want the whammy, I would recommend the stoptail version so you can downtune if you want to.
Buy it. Now.
Michael
#5
/agree


I have a Soapbar II and it rocks my world. Most responsive guitar in its price range, period.
#6
You can get a custom made Carvin for around $1000, depending on the features you choose. New Gibson LPs are a ripoff, they pale in comparison to Gibbys made even 10 years ago, and Gibson's quality control is rather iffy.

Link www.carvin.com

PinkEdit: Also, the mandatory question around these here parts, what amp do you have?
#7
Quote by which ones pink
New Gibson LPs are a ripoff, they pale in comparison to Gibbys made even 10 years ago


yep, lp studios from roughly '88-'94 really play superbly in comparison to the current les paul studios, the playability is like a night and day difference


though if you play around with a few you will find a good one
2008 M.I.A. HSS Strat
Marshall JCM 900 50w Dual Reverb
#8
Hmm thanks for the advice guys, I'll be looking into these suggestions.

Has anyone tried a Les Paul Studio? Would you recommend it?
EDIT: lol, just saw the previous post For some reason, the LPs are appealing to me and they were my first choice. Now I guess it's back to the drawing board. Why did Gibson drop their quality?


Pink: I currently use a Fender Champion 30 DSP amp.
#9
Quote by shadow21x
Hmm thanks for the advice guys, I'll be looking into these suggestions.

Has anyone tried a Les Paul Studio? Would you recommend it?


Pink: I currently use a Fender Champion 30 DSP amp.


i own one made in 1993 and i think it plays better than alot of the higer end ones in places like guitar center and stuff... notice i didnt say all the higher end ones lol
2008 M.I.A. HSS Strat
Marshall JCM 900 50w Dual Reverb
#11
Which Ones Pink has a great idea, check out ordering a custom Carvin. I completly forget about Carvin, which is strange, as I dream of ordering a DC someday.

Quote by FRDesign
Why would you suggest a PRS SE, when he has a $2000 price limit...

Because having $2000 dosn't mean he has to spend $2000. The non-SE models, in my experience, are not worth quadruple the cost. Then again, I'd almost always take a MIM (or CIJ!) Strat over a MIA, and I'll probably never own a Gibson, because most of their cost seems to stem from being made in America, and the logo.
#12
Quote by the.spine.surfs


Because having $2000 dosn't mean he has to spend $2000.



Correct
Best value is the most important thing here.
#13
Heritage Guitars

Made in the old Kalamazoo Gibson factory ever since they abandoned their hometown for Nashville. These are essentially on par with the best Gibsons and far more consistent; however, they're roughly equal, if not slightly higher, in price.
#15
Just because you want a LP doesn't mean it has to be Gibson.

Epiphone Elitist LP > Gibson Studios, and some Standards.

But +1 to the higher end PRS or Carvin.